Ibrahima Diallo (Paralympic footballer)
In December 2011 he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a physiotherapist, who also worked with the British Paralympic team, noticed his unusual running style during a training session for the English College's team at Lilleshall. Diallo had previously attributed his problems when running to tight muscle groups in his thigh.
In 2012 he was a member of the Great Britain team that won a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic World Cup. The British team were beaten 4-2 by Brazil, the team ranked fourth in the world, in the final of the tournament which was held in Manchester. Diallo and Patrick Heselton each scored consolation goals for Great Britain after Brazil had taken a 4-0 lead. Diallo had also scored a hat-trick of goals in a 7-3 win over Ireland in the final group match which qualified the British team for the final.
He represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics as part of a twelve-player squad for the 7-a-side football event. He scored a goal in four different matches but Great Britain finished 7th of the 8 teams.
Diallo currently plays for Bridgwater Town (1984) FC.
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